FCT 2014 Poster

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The FCT Belfast group announces the
5th Annual Gathering of the Forum for Cities in Transition,
27-30th October 2014

The fifth annual gathering of the Forum for Cities in Transition will bring 100 delegates from 14 cities across Europe, the Middle East and Africa to Belfast for a week in October to learn, explore and share their challenges and successes:

1. Baghdad 5. Jerusalem 9. Mitte (Berlin) 13. Srbrenica
2. Belfast 6. Kaduna 10. Mostar 14. Tripoli (Lebanon)
3. Derry-Londonderry 7. Kirkuk 11. Ramallah
4. Haifa 8. Mitrovica 12. Sarajevo

The event will be interactive, grassroots-focussed and will emphasise practical outcomes.

The Forum shall monitor the progress of the bilateral project initiatives pledged at the previous event held in Kaduna, Nigeria, 4-8th November 2013, as well as increase knowledge transfer of lessons between the member cities, and with local representatives.

Under the theme of “Promoting Reconciliation through Resilience”, the four-day event will include the following topics, introduced in plenary sessions and developed in facilitated workshop sessions:

  1. Reconciliation (how far have we come? how far have we to go?)
  2. Victims and Survivors (appropriate services and representation)
  3. Community Leadership (toolsets for practitioners)
  4. City Leadership (strong, fair, together)

Delegates will come from a variety of backgrounds, reflecting the diversity of FCT membership:

  • Elected local government representatives
  • Municipal executive officers
  • Business people
  • Civil society organisations (voluntary and community sector)

Activities will include:

  1. Panel discussions
  2. Workshop sessions
  3. Site visits
  4. Sidebar meetings
  5. Exhibitions

In addition, this gathering will develop the internal networks of FCT Women, FCT Youth, and a newly proposed FCT Business Network.

The event will be convened by Professor Padraig O’Malley (McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston), who serves as Director of the Forum for Cities in Transition. The citizens of Belfast welcome you to our city.

For further details, see Annual Gatherings: 2014 Belfast

Also contact fctbelfast@citiesintransition.net

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“Forum for Cities in Transition: The Power of Place”
by Ban Al-Mahfodh (UMass Boston William Joiner Center) and Ryan Bruen (Northeastern University)

The Forum for Cities in Transition

The Forum for Cities in Transition is an international network of mayors, councillors, municipal officials, business people, and representatives of the voluntary and community sector.

The Forum works on the principle that cities that are in conflict or have emerged from conflict are in the best position to help other cities in the same situation.

The Forum for Cities in Transition is an initiative of the John Joseph Moakley Chair at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The Secretariat is shared by the Northern Ireland Foundation and the Moakley Chair.

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FCT Logo squareThe logo for the Forum for Cities in Transition was based on the semi-circular arrangement of tables for the plenary sessions at the initial conference that took place April 14-16, 2008, at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. There is further inspiration from King Arthur’s famed Round Table, with no head and everyone who sits there having equal status. In this design, the circle is presently half-complete, but with leaders of each city at their place, there will be collaborative work among Forum participants to realise a full circle.